Okay, Paul Fronczak definitely HAS been located

Last weekend I had posted about how there was a report that Paul Fronczak, an infant kidnapped from a Chicago hospital the day after he was born in 1964, had been found, but the paucity of information and the fact that only one news outlet was reporting this made me suspicious of the report’s veracity.

However, today a little additional news came out, with a quote from the FBI verifying the info. Very little information is available, just that Paul is alive, lives somewhere in rural Michigan, and does not want to go public at this time. I’m sure he’s shocked.

I hope more information will become available in time. Who knows, maybe the abductor is still alive and could be prosecuted.

21 thoughts on “Okay, Paul Fronczak definitely HAS been located

  1. marsyao December 18, 2019 / 8:19 pm

    OMG ! Great ! Finally one of the biggest mystery was solved. I wish the abductor would pay the price for what she did to that poor family, but unfortunately, from what I learn online, the Illinois statute of limitations for her crime has passed, but still kidnapping a child is a federal crime, which does not have a statute of limitations, so yeah, let that woman pay if she is still alive

    • Meaghan December 18, 2019 / 8:21 pm

      If she took Paul out of state, which is entirely likely since Paul was found in Michigan, the statute of limitations would be in abeyance until she returned to Illinois. That’s to keep people from fleeing the state, waiting until the statute of limitations expires, and getting off scot-free when they return.

      Also, arguably, the crime of kidnapping didn’t end till Paul was located.

  2. Alice December 18, 2019 / 8:49 pm

    Proof that no matter how long it takes, kids can come home.

    (Of course, he’ll have known his home as the one he was raised in, but you understand my point.)

    • Marcia Boyce December 20, 2019 / 8:32 pm

      Actually… per the person brought up as Paul Fronczak the real Paul has known for more than a year.. he posted a statement today

      “STATEMENT FROM PAUL J FRONCZAK

      December 20, 2019

      Hi everyone, it’s Paul.

      We found the real Paul Fronczak more than one year ago, in late 2018, but out of respect for his desire to remain anonymous, and respect for his family, we did not go public with the story. Nor will I go into detail about it now. I hope you understand. My main mission from the start has been to reunite my mother Dora with the child who was taken from her so many years ago. I have always kept you informed of all my progress, and I’ve relied greatly on your help and support, and I will continue to rely on you all. But I know what it’s like to have your life turned upside-down overnight, and I feel this man and his family deserve their privacy.

      Thank you, and check back soon.

      Paul”

  3. Sonya December 19, 2019 / 2:34 am

    I wonder if he was abducted by Linda Taylor (Or rather, that is the name she’s most well-known by.) There was quite a bit of suspicion that she may have kidnapped baby Paul, I guess.

    https://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/son-suspects-welfare-queen-stolen-baby-paul-fronczak/story?id=22913850

    That article says the mystery baby probably went to Tennessee, though. Poor NotPaul and Paul, this has to have been difficult for both. And I see in the article Sherry posted the real Paul has had a battle with cancer. Very sad. I hope he has had a good life, despite being abducted. I always have doubts that anyone who would abduct a child is capable of taking care of them properly, but perhaps he was raised by someone else. On the other side of things, it’s so very fortunate that the man who started out as baby Paul is alive, as that is many times not the case.

  4. T.T. December 19, 2019 / 10:21 am

    WOW. This is BIG news. I only became acquainted by the story through this site, but it still intrigued me. It reminded me of that film “Changeling” which had (SPOILER ALERT!) a much shifter motives and an unhappy ending. I hope that both men and their families can find some form of peace throughout their lifelong ordeals.

    • Julie December 19, 2019 / 3:39 pm

      And Changeling was a true story as well

  5. Patrick Kerrigan December 19, 2019 / 4:42 pm

    Great news. I think that the FBI needs to provide more details in regards to the investigation. At least who may have kidnapped him, and who raised him.

    We don’t need for him to come forward at this time, because of his health issues. The same for Dora.

    • Meaghan December 19, 2019 / 4:45 pm

      I’m sure more info will come out. I bet the real Paul is already in negotiations to sell his life rights. That money will be helpful to pay his medical bills.

      I hope he’s had a good life (cancer aside).

  6. J. Leon December 20, 2019 / 12:59 pm

    I’m not going to don the hair shirt just yet: Looks like the FBI is still hedging a bit.

    https://apnews.com/06842a6cd1243da73d2c5ce879d97c57

    Strange, that. Unless the mother has refused to submit a DNA sample they’d have to know one way or the other for sure by now.

    Oh, by the way-we may have another case of either a lost kid re-emerging as an adult or a self-aggrandizing impostor who’ll be deserving of bringing back the whipping post. Someone’s claiming to be D’Wan Sims (http://charleyproject.org/case/dwan-christian-sims
    ):

    https://apnews.com/ec383187258f30c39c56f358b85b933e

    Detroit station WDIV also weighs in:

    https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/local/2019/12/12/man-who-thinks-hes-1994-missing-child-dwan-sims-gives-dna-sample-to-police/

    He may really believe he’s D”Wan or he may have some (ahem, ahem) Issues, but from my reading of the investigation I’ll risk the hair shirt again and opine that D’Wan is still 4.

    • Vincent December 21, 2019 / 4:57 pm

      Have you donned the hair shirt, at long last?

  7. Ivana Lucy December 20, 2019 / 7:08 pm

    very similar and recent case here around Balkans. A man born 1992 , abducted by a woman that in fact killed his mother( DNA proved and all), declared that he does not care at all about his biological family and whatever, just wants to continue with his life as it is and so on. Human nature….

    • Meaghan December 20, 2019 / 7:10 pm

      I think Zephany Nurse in South Africa felt the same way. Her abductor/“mother” went to prison and she lives with her mother’s partner/her “father” who was innocent of any wrongdoing in the kidnapping. She doesn’t want anything to do with her bio family. That’s what I heard anyway.

      It’s a very sad situation all around and I don’t envy any of these people.

      • Ivana Lucy December 20, 2019 / 7:19 pm

        Exactly, sad and tragic for everyone involved. A man I am talking about was found due to his biological sister giving her DNA to some whatever database. His adoptive mother ( died in 2017) shot his biological mother to death in 1993. And he stays in denial.

  8. Heather December 21, 2019 / 5:59 am

    Has there been a missing persons case opened for Jack Rosenthals (Paul #1) missing twin sister Jill?

    • Meaghan December 21, 2019 / 9:57 am

      Not that I’m aware of.

      • Patrick Kerrigan December 21, 2019 / 5:42 pm

        That’s unreal that his biological family disowned him and his sister. I would not to be reunited them. It would be nice if he could find his sister.

      • Meaghan December 21, 2019 / 5:44 pm

        I don’t think they disowned them exactly. More like the twins disappeared and the abusive parents threatened the other children with dire physical punishment if the twins were ever mentioned again.

  9. Patrick Kerrigan December 24, 2019 / 1:54 pm

    If I remember right Linda Taylor had applied for pubic aid benefits in Michigan also.

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